In the Elbe metropolis Magdeburg, medieval history, unique art sculptures and varied leisure activities are close together. Magdeburg looks back on a past of more than a thousand years. Today's capital of Saxony-Anhalt was mentioned by Charlemagne as early as the ninth century. In the Middle Ages, the Benedictine monastery of St. Mauritius was located on the square where today's cathedral dominates the cityscape as a landmark. Not far from it stands the Hundertwasser House, which contrasts with the historical buildings. The ideal starting point for a city tour is IntercityHotel Magdeburg. The university town on the Elbe offers picturesque views of the city along the river promenade, which is about 4 kilometers long. The Elbauenpark stretches over extensive grounds with a lake stage for cultural performances. In addition, there is a large, winding maze and a long summer toboggan run. Sports facilities such as climbing or skating round off the park's range of experiences.